Stephenie Young

Stephenie Young

Professional Details

Title: Associate Professor
Office: MH-228
Phone: 978-542-7258

Summer Courses

Cat. # Term Course # Title
1657 91 ENG794 Studies in Literature of the World

Professional Biography

Academic Biography:

Currently an associate professor in the English Department and affiliated faculty member of the SSU Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, I joined the faculty of SSU in the fall of 2008. I completed my M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the State University of New York, Binghamton, and earned my B.A. in Art History from California State University, Long Beach.

During my sabbatical year (2014-15) I am working on a book about the contentious relationship among aesthetics, forensics and memorialization in the visual representations about contemporary post-conflict regions, including Bosnia and Peru. My co-edited collection with Adele Parker Transnationalism and Resistance: Experience and Experiment in Contemporary Women's Writing  was published by Rodopi in January 2013, and we are working on a second edited collection that focuses on aesthetics and catastrophe in recent women's writing. I have several projects forthcoming including a book chapter about the impact of the mass media on the testimonies of child survivors from the Holocaust, an essay on aftermath photography of objects from mass graves in Bosnia, and a review of Memory Matters in Transitional Peru by Margarita Saona to be published in Dissidences

Please see my personal website for further information about my publications and other activities. 

Professional Interests

Comparative Twentieth Century Literatures

Problems of Memory

Experimental Testimony (especially conflict/post-conflict narratives)   

Critical Theory

Aesthetics and Violence

Visual Art

Women's Writing

Holocaust Studies

Selected Publications

Essay: "An Inquest In the Shadow of Mengele’s Skull: The Forensic Imagination and Post-Conflict Photography from Bosnia." Under Review.

Book Chapter: "Performative Memory-Making and the Future of the Kestenberg Archive" in Understanding the Kestenberg Child Survivor Testimony Collection: Historical, Linguistic and Psychological Approaches. Oxford and New York: Berghahn Press. (forthcoming 2015).

Review: Margarita Saona's Memory Matters in Transitional Peru in Dissidences, Hispanic Journal of Theory and Criticism. (forthcoming 2015).

Review: Roberto Bolaño’s A Little Lumpen Novelita in Asymptote (January 2015).

Edited Collection. Transnationalism and Resistance: Experience and Experiment in Contemporary Women's Writing. (New York/Amsterdam: Rodopi Press, 2013).

Book Chapter: “Transnationalism and a Post-Yugoslav Writer,” in Transnationalism and Resistance: Experience and Experiment in Contemporary Women's Writing. New York: Rodopi Press.(New York/Amsterdam: Rodopi Press, 2013)

Book Chapter: "Yugonostalgia and the Post-National Narrative." In The New Order of War. (New York/Amsterdam: Rodopi Press, 2010).

Selected Presentations

Invited Speaker, "Treacherous Territories: Translating Material Evidence in Post-Conflict Bosnia." Center for International Education, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. April 2015. 

"A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I-XVIII: Forensic Aesthetics and the Transnational Document." American Comparative Literature Association. Seattle, WA. March 2015.

Invited Lecture, "Grave Anxieties: Forensics, Visual Art, and the Urgency for Memory in Post-Conflict Zones." Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies Lecture Series. Salem State University. March 2015. 

"In the Shadow of Mengele’s Skull: Forensics and Memorialization in Post-Conflict Bosnia." Transnational Holocaust Memory. University of Leeds, England. January 2015. 

"Is There a Text in This Image? Memory and Memorialization in the Post-War Balkans." International Comparative Literature Association Meeting. University of Paris, Sorbonne. July 2013. 

"The Forensics of Memorialization in Post-War Balkan Photography." Genealogies of Memory/Regions of Memory. Warsaw University. Poland. November 2012.


Personal Interests

Travel, learning classical guitar, cycling, photography.